SYD-LDH in Feb: $1500+ for flights?!

Old Nov 20, 20, 11:41 am
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SYD-LDH in Feb: $1500+ for flights?!

Never been, but thought it was a great time to try.

Is this normal pricing? Still seems like there are 2 flights most days, but sometimes three. But I found no return trip below $1500 really, always flex fares only and no classic awards of course.

Is there a trick to getting better pricing or is typical?
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Old Nov 20, 20, 12:33 pm
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You willjust need to find days where there is better availability; the lowest possible fare is approx $1112 - lower fares seem to be available in March
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Old Nov 20, 20, 1:45 pm
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If you are price sensitive, you might need to reconsider your trip. LDH is hellishly expensive for lodging unless you have friends there and can stay with them. Now that it’s been called the best place in the world, you can bet there won’t be any discounts for most of the year.
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Old Nov 20, 20, 3:44 pm
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If you are price sensitive, you might need to reconsider your trip. LDH is hellishly expensive for lodging unless you have friends there and can stay with them. Now that itís been called the best place in the world, you can bet there wonít be any discounts for most of the year.
Not so much price sensitivity as surprise at about $1/km being really high, relative to most domestic flights.

Glad to hear I wasn't missing anything at least!
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Old Nov 21, 20, 1:49 am
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Not so much price sensitivity as surprise at about $1/km being really high, relative to most domestic flights.
LDH is certainly a high cost operation for any airline. Even more so during irrops. Thinking cost of fuel, all sorts of logistics etc. But when things are good, Iím certain they make good money. It is a monopoly route ...

Years ago award seats were relatively easy to get. Now itís almost impossible - except if you are OK to go there in winter when many places are closed. Iíve only seen awards available from BNE or PQQ (IIRC) in recent times.
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Old Nov 21, 20, 2:08 am
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Originally Posted by qasr View Post
Not so much price sensitivity as surprise at about $1/km being really high, relative to most domestic flights.

Glad to hear I wasn't missing anything at least!
Air travel is not priced by distance, but rather by demand and supply.
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Old Nov 21, 20, 7:43 am
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Air travel is not priced by distance, but rather by demand and supply.
Of course, but air travel can be compared by distance to understand the supply/demand relative to other routes.
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Old Nov 21, 20, 9:11 am
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Of course, but air travel can be compared by distance to understand the supply/demand relative to other routes.
Not really. JFK-LHR is further than many intra-US flights but there is so much capacity on the former route that fares are routinely much cheaper than some close city pairs.
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Old Nov 21, 20, 12:36 pm
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Of course, but air travel can be compared by distance to understand the supply/demand relative to other routes.
Not really - some routes are expensive because they are popular and people will pay higher fares - another route I used to fly was expensive , but the aeroplanes were generally very quiet - the fares were high due to low number of passengers
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Old Nov 24, 20, 6:54 pm
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Of course, but air travel can be compared by distance to understand the supply/demand relative to other routes.
I think part of the problem for LDH is the government sets a limit of 400 tourists at any one time. Obviously at most times of the year demand dwarfs the supply cap.
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Old Nov 25, 20, 4:13 am
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I've actually just booked LDH for February as well. As others have pointed out accommodation is expensive there. You will need to check for accommodation availability before you book airfare due to the 400 per day cap over there.

Interesting point to note is that if you were trying to look for reward seats, I was able to find availability that was now showing on SYD-LDH by selecting departure/arrival to another city (eg instead of SYD-LDH, search for CBR-SYD-LDH and somehow there are more availability). Obviously it will mean a bit more hassle to depart from another city but still beats the $650-700 one way cash fare.
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Old Nov 25, 20, 9:28 am
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Certainly the SYD-LDH award is among the best in terms of value for money you can book in the QF world. Have done it many times which helps to manage the cost of getting a family there. Lord Howe Island is one of my most favourite spots on the planet.
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Old Nov 26, 20, 3:23 am
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Given the flights are weight restricted its not a surprise. Top tip though... make sure you have accomodation before you book flights. I have managed to snag award availability a few times only to find no accomodation availability on the island for months at a time.
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Old Dec 2, 20, 10:52 am
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Fun fact: apparently QF charters a King Air to LDH with engineers and spare parts if required, to avoid an overnight IRROPS situation in LDH
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Old Dec 19, 20, 7:56 pm
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Fun fact: apparently QF charters a King Air to LDH with engineers and spare parts if required, to avoid an overnight IRROPS situation in LDH
You mean, they take the spare parts up in the air with them?

Yes, you'd be surprised what people would pay for a holiday like this. People who, that is, have not yet discovered the ins and outs of frequent flyer reward programs... or credit card schemes...
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